The Cave of a Thousand Buddhas was the most important repository of ancient Buddhist and Chinese texts to survive.Just inside the Great Wall of China along the ancient Silk Road is one of the most remarkable Chinese sacred sites of antiquity. Located in the Gobi Desert town of Dunhuang, this site is a hive of more than 460 grottoes of varying sizes, carved directly into the soft sandstone cliffs. Devout Buddhist monks inhabited the caves a long time ago, starting in 366 CE

The Maijishan Grottoes are a series of 194 caves cut in the side of the hill of Majishan, Gansu Province, China; over 7,200 Buddhist sculptures are cut from the rock with over 1,000 square meters of murals. Construction began ca. 384-417 CE. One of the string of Buddhist grottoes found in this area, lying on the crossroads connecting China and Central Asia; several of the sculptures appear to have Indian—and even SE Asian—features that could have come north via these N-S routes.

The ancient silk-road city of Palmyra is located in the Syrian desert and was one of the wealthiest cities in the Near East during its prime. (via Hello! Daily News)

The Mogao Caves or Mogao Grottoes, also known as the Caves of the Thousand Buddhas, form a system of 492 temples 25 km (16 mi) south-east of the centre of Dunhuang, an oasis strategically located at a religious and cultural crossroads on the Silk Road, in Gansu province, China.

China - The Longmen Grottoes or Longmen Caves are one of the finest examples of Chinese Buddhist art. There are as many as 100,000 statues within the 1,400 caves, ranging from an 1 inch (25 mm) to 57 feet (17 m) in height. The area also contains nearly 2,500 stelae and inscriptions, whence the name “Forest of Ancient Stelae, as well as over sixty Buddhist pagodas. #RTW #travel www.goachi.com

The dramatic nine-story entrance to cave 96 at the Mogao site, which contains the largest Buddha in the complex among other treasures.

Maijishan Caves at Tianshui, China

Mogao Caves, Dunhuang, Gobi Desert, China - you can not imagine how beautiful this artistic oasis on the silk route is.

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The ancient city of Jiaohe, Turpan, China. Among the earliest settlers of this area are Indo-European speaking Tocharians, populating the Tarim and Turfan basins no later than 1800 BC. It was an important site along the Silk Road trade route leading west adjacent to the Korla and Karasahr kingdoms to the west. Finally abandoned after its destruction during an invasion by the Mongols led by Genghis Khan in the 13th century.

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The cave monastery of Dambulla, a World Heritage site, has five sanctuaries and is the largest, best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka.

Myra (Demre), Antalya, Turkey Lycian tombs with square columns carved into limestone cliffs during the fourth century B.C. look like houses bunched together. They rest on the cliff above a well-preserved Roman theater with a double-vaulted corridor. However, the ancient city is most famous for its restored 9th–11th-century church dedicated to a local-boy-made-good: St. Nicholas, better known as Santa Claus.

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